God's Bankers

God's Bankers

A History of Money and Power at the Vatican

Book - 2015
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A deeply reported, fast-paced exposé of the money and the cardinals-turned-financiers at the heart of the Vatican - the world's biggest, most powerful religious institution - from an acclaimed journalist with "exhaustive research techniques" ( The New York Times ).

From a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct, a magnificent investigation nine years in the making, this book traces the political intrigue and inner workings of the Catholic Church. Decidedly not about faith, belief in God, or religious doctrine, this book is about the church's accumulation of wealth and its byzantine entanglements with financial markets across the world. Told through 200 years of prelates, bishops, cardinals, and the Popes who oversee it all, Gerald Posner uncovers an eyebrow-raising account of money and power in perhaps the most influential organization in the history of the world.

God's Bankers has it all: a rare exposé and an astounding saga marked by poisoned business titans, murdered prosecutors, mysterious deaths of private investigators, and questionable suicides; a carnival of characters from Popes and cardinals, financiers and mobsters, kings and prime ministers; and a set of moral and political circumstances that clarify not only the church's aims and ambitions, but reflect the larger dilemmas of the world's more recent history. And Posner even looks to the future to surmise if Pope Francis can succeed where all his predecessors failed: to overcome the resistance to change in the Vatican's Machiavellian inner court and to rein in the excesses of its seemingly uncontrollable financial quagmire. Part thriller, part financial tell-all, this book shows with extraordinary precision how the Vatican has evolved from a foundation of faith to a corporation of extreme wealth and power.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781416576570
Characteristics: xiv, 732 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,24 cm.

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alitecky
Aug 02, 2017

Writing/investigative reporting is OK, but the content exposing the behavior of all involved is disheartening.

lms Jul 09, 2015

Booklist top ten Business Books 2015

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StarGladiator
Mar 19, 2015

Would recommend reading Hot Money and the Politics of Debt, by well-known Canadian social economist, R.T. Nayor - - written in the 1980s, but far superior to Posner's book. Can't trust Posner after that hatchet job of his on the Kennedy murder.

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naturalist
Mar 17, 2015

look for . . . “The Vatican Empire : an authoritative report the reveals the Vatican as a nerve center of high finance – and penetrates the secrecy of Papal wealth” 1968 by Nino Lo Bello 1922-1997 also published 1970 by Fireside pbk ISBN-10: 0671205196 . . ISBN-13: 978-0671205195

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